Parents and best friend of missing Maui woman point fingers at her ex
WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are circulating a new flyer in the disappearance of a missing Maui mother of three, Moreira Monsalve.
It says she was last seen at her ex boyfriend's place in Wailuku at 10 Sunday night. Monsalve's ex boyfriend, Bernard Brown has been questioned by police, but has not been named a suspect.
We called Brown. Brown told us he has been instructed not to answer any more questions, but he has been very vocal on facebook.
When Monsalve didn't show up for work Monday and Tuesday, her parents feared the worst.
Euclides Monsalve told us by phone from Maryland, "It really hurts me that she's gone and nobody knows where she is."
Brown has been active on Maui Now's facebook page.. posting
"I'm grateful for everyone's concern and effort to locate her!- With Moreira Monsalve."
But, her friends and family paint a picture of an abusive relationship that she was trying to end.
Melissa Taylor responded, "Mo was terrified of you so stop acting like you are concerned."
Taylor also posted texts exchanged with her missing friend.
They said "he threatened to pound me and not stop. I'm so done."
and "Trying to stay hidden. I don't trust him. he's vindictive."
Brown answered "I have done nothing but try to find Moreira and I will not stop..My girlfriend is Missing!"
Mo's best friend Susan Manini fired back "stop calling her your girlfriend. She was not anymore."
Mo was Susan's maid of honor at her 2012 wedding, and says her friend was afraid of her ex. Manini said, "She just said he was abusive. I asked is he hitting you. She just shrugged her shoulders and said he's really mentally abusive."
Then, she broke down in tears and said, "I think he did something to her. I went to his house and said Bernard I'm looking for Mo and he jumped back and said I didn't do anything to her."
Mo's parents are flying from Maryland on Monday to be with their grandchildren. Her mother Helen said, 'It's a nightmare. We're so far away."
Mo's father Euclides chimed in, "I don't know this guy only seen in pictures but this is a no good guy."
Helen added, "Moreira had tried to break up with this man. She obviously went over to his house to try to pick up something and that was last anyone saw of her."
Friends and family spent the day searching from Kihei to Wailuku. They're trying to stay optimistic, but say it's unlike Moreira, a responsible single mom to take off and skip work.
Call Maui police with any tips that could help at (808) 244-6400.
Facebook page for Moreira Monsalve: https://www.facebook.com/mowatchmoreiramonsalve
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